All posts tagged: USA

Dining in New Orleans

One of the reasons we decided to visit New Orleans last year (aside from Mardi Gras, of course!) was because we’d heard great things about the food. We knew it would be super busy so I did a lot of research and pre-booked everything in advance – it turns out this was pretty vital. So if you’re visiting the city for the festival, make sure you plan ahead! We generally ate fairly early around 7pm so we could get back to our hotel located at the end of the parade route, so we got to enjoy lovely dinners as well as seeing all of the floats. Back in the day I would have done a detailed blog post about each restaurant, but as I frantically type before the little one wakes up for his next feed (this is now my life!!), a summary style post is going to have to do… Commander’s Palace On our first full night (the first actual night when we arrived was spent getting stuck straight into the parades and a …

Top tips for experiencing Mardi Gras in New Orleans

It hasn’t escaped me that I haven’t posted on my blog since June last year. There have been many reasons for this, largely health related that I might eventually come to write about on here when I’m feeling a bit braver. And then earlier this year I was over the moon to find out I was pregnant! Along with this and being super busy at work, the blog had to take a back seat. But now, between feeds and nappy changes, while the little man is napping, I’m determined to get back up to speed. Will we get to go out for as many nice meals and holidays as we did pre-baby? Will we cook/bake as much at home? Only time will tell… But in the meantime, I thought I’d kick things off with a blog post I’ve been so excited to write about since February this year. MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS! It was without a doubt, the best place we’ve been to, and one of our favourite holidays of all time. It has …

Throwback Thursday – The Fork & Wrench, Baltimore

              The riots in Baltimore have made global news this week and it has made me think a lot about the time I spent there with my last job. One of the company’s studios, Firaxis Games, are based just outside of the city, and I was fortunate to visit them on a couple of occasions – they really are some of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with!  On one visit, they took us to a great restaurant called The Fork & Wrench, which I thought I’d write about for this week’s Throwback Thursday post.      It’s labelled on Google Maps as an ‘American Gastropub with Industrial Vibes’, but I’m not sure if that’s the best description. It felt more like stepping into someone’s home, albeit, someone who has a rather unusual taste in decor. All of the furniture felt unique and antique – as we were a large group, we were seated at a long table with drawers in it, some of which had …

Throwback Thursday – The Barking Crab, Boston (USA)

This week I’ve been speaking to a lovely mum blogger for my job, who moved out to Boston with her family. I visited Boston a couple of years ago when I was working at 2K and loved it, so I thought I’d make this week’s Throwback Thursday about The Barking Crab. I visited Boston in February 2013 for a press trip to one of our studios, during a huge snow storm (I’m surprised my flight actually made it into the US!) I think this view from my room at The Langham Hotel says it all: I had a free day at the weekend to myself and was determined to see some of the sights of Boston, despite the snow nearly coming up to my knees. I managed to trek through the snow to the Boston Tea Party museum, which was great fun (although being English there was a little awkward, I kept rather quiet!!) and afterwards, I met one of my colleagues and a couple of our journalists from Australia (who were certainly not expecting …